My brain chemistry is such that I require constant sensory stimulation. I suspect I have dismally low dopamine, because I can’t do anything unless I’m simultaneously receiving some enjoyable incentive. Music is one of my greatest utilitarian pleasures. I listen to music constantly, from the time I wake up, to the time I go to sleep and in my dreams. Music takes me places. It gets me out of bed, to the grocery store, from aisle to aisle. It’s a portal to the past, a shuttle to the future, a means to move in place on elliptical machines.
Allison keeps a cool record of new workout music she delves into each Wednesday, so I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites in this vein. I owe basically all of my physical activity to sound, so it should be an important component of my running blog.
“I decided about six months ago that I never want to be good at yoga.” – Moby
Last year, Moby released 4 hours of ambient yoga and meditation music. No vocals, little variation, just elemental, repetitive vibes that are perfectly tuned to yogic breathing. I’d listened to the recording a bit before, but I wasn’t ready to make a serious investment until yesterday’s 90-minute yoga practice.
It sounds so lululemony to throw my hands up and say, “Oh. My. Gosh! This [insert whatever New Age experience here] totally changed my life!” but that’s exactly what this music did for me. I was sucked in from the second I hit my mat. The vibes reached inside and allowed me to breathe deeply for the first time in years. The sound is a gentle massage for the lungs.
Here is some additional information you may or may not want to hear but I am compelled to share: Moby’s ambients nearly alleviated my menstrual cramps, which are always excruciating and sometimes cause me to faint. My anecdotal verdict: this music is magic.
I’ve only listened to the first few tracks (each track is 20-35 minutes long), but I’m looking forward to the rest. I may actually try it the next time I have an anxiety surge on the ARC trainer, even though I’d typically listen to someone like Migos on a cardio machine.
One of my favorite Moby songs is “My Weakness.” I listened to it for an hour and forty minutes on loop the first time I ran The Broad Street Run. If you’re a runner who needs a good cry, please watch this unofficial Moby music video:
If you’re looking for great Moby running music, Play & Play: B Sides, Everything Is Wrong, and Innocents are fantastic albums for long, easy days. They never, ever get old.
Questions for the Internets:
What have you been listening to lately?
Do you ever listen to one song on loop while running or working out?
What’s your favorite soothing music?